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Isaiah Washington IV

Isaiah Washington
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Birthday:
August 3, 1963
Age: 45 years old
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Hails from: Houston, Texas

Relationships and family:

· Jenisa Marie Washington – Wife
· Isaiah Akin Washington – Son
· Tyme Washington – Son
· Iman Washington – Daughter

College:
· Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Date of marriage: February 14, 1996


Isaiah's Early Life:

Washington was born in Houston, Texas, where his parents were residents in the Houston Heights community. Hi s parents relocated to Missouri City, Texas around 1980, where he was one of the first graduates from Willowridge High School, Houston, in 1981. Washington revealed in an interview with Star Jones that his father, after whom he was named, was murdered when he was 13 years old. Washington went on to serve in the United States Air Force and attended Howard University. Washington married Jenisa Marie Washington on February 14, 1996. The couple has three children (Isaiah, Tyme and Iman)

Isaiah Washington spent four years in the Air Force before studying drama at Washington, D.C.'s Ho w ard University. Following graduation, he won a role in playwright Ntozake Shange's -Spell 7 and then moved to New York to further pursue his career. He appeared in a number of stage productions, and he became one of the founding m embers of CityKids Repertory, a theatre group that visits high schools and community centers throughout New York.

Isaiah's Career Highlights:


  • Grey's Anatomy: Washington is perhaps best known for his role as the gifted cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on Grey's Anatomy, a portrayal that earned him two NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Drama series as well as a SAG Award. He was paired onscreen with Sandra Oh, who plays intern Dr. Cristina Yang. Washington had originally auditioned for the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd, which ultimately went to Patrick Dempsey. Burke had originally been described as a nebbishy, stout forty-something man. For his portrayal of Dr. Burke, Isaiah was honored by TV Guide Magazine as one of "TV's Sexiest Men" in June 2006, and was named one TV's sexiest doctors in June 2008 on TV Guide's television channel. Prior to the TV Guide honor, Isaiah was named as one of People Magazine's "50 Beautiful People" in May 2006.
  • Recent Work: On September 25, 2008, Isaiah Washington attended the 63rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City as a advisor to President Ernest Bai Koroma of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Washington served as a member of the President's personal delegation while the newly democratically elected President addressed the United Nations for the first time. The following day on September 26, 2008, President Koroma traveled to Washington, D.C. and took private meetings with Congressman Donald Payne and Congressman John Conyers, Jr. at the recommendation of Washington. Inspired by his first visit to the United States and Washington, D.C. President Koroma announced at the Willard Hotel before his key Ministers, that he would grant Isaiah Washington full citizenship and issue him his official Sierra Leone Passport. This pledge by the President is significant because the citizenship request is solely based on Washington's genetic (DNA) ancestral link to the Mende people of Sierra Leone. This makes Isaiah Washington the first African-American to receive such an honor and President Ernest Bai Koroma the first African President to do such a thing. The historical citizenship request will be finalized in December 2008. Concluding a long time dream of dual citizenship for African-Americans by Pan African pioneers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Kwame Nkrumah, Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Horace Mann Bond, Ralph Bunche, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Edward Wilmot Blyden and Rev. Leon H. Sullivan.
  • African American Lives Series: Washington is of African American descent; although a DNA test done by African Ancestry, Inc. revealed that Washington's maternal ancestry traces back to Sierra Leone, and that he has an ancestral link to the Mende Temne people there. In May 2006 he visited Sierra Leone, and received a warm welcome from the local people. His paternal ancestry links him to the Mbundu people, an ethnic group in Angola.

Charity Work: Inspired by his discovery of his direct genetic link to the Mende Temne people of Sierra Leone, Washington, like Oprah Winfrey, has become known for his philanthropy in Africa. In 2007, he founded the Gondobay Manga Foundation, which advocates cooperative planning to achieve positive, timely improvements in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. In May 2006, during a visit to Sierra Leone, Washington was named Chief Gondobay Manga by the Mende people. He later decided to use the name for his non-profit.

In November 2007, Washington and the Gondobay Manga Foundation opened its first school, Chief Foday Golia Memorial School, in the Njala Kendema village for 150 students in grades K-5. The new school replaces two grass huts not suited for occupants. The school was named in honor of the former leader of the Njala Kendema village. In addition to building the school, Washington and the Gondobay Manga Foundation also donated uniforms and school supplies for each student. In March 2007, Washington donated $25,000 to the computer reconstruction project of Bunce Island. At the helm of the project are James Madison University professors Joseph Opala and Gary Chatelain, an historian and a computer artist. Opala and Chatelain are using their expertise to reconstruct the slave castle as it appeared in the year 1805. Their computer image will eventually serve as an educational tool for scholars.

Washington was the Master of Ceremonies for the first White House Summit on Malaria to fight the war against malaria in 15 African countries. He has also filmed PSAs for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, among others. He is also active in promoting the arts, having hosted the recent 16th Annual Pan-African Film Festival. In addition to The Gondobay Manga Foundation, Washington also works with LA Regional Food Bank to get food to the needy in Los Angeles.

Acting
credits (movies, television, stage):

Movies Television
Stage
The Moguls (2005)-Homer Touched by an Angel-Rev. Davis (1episode, 2001) The Construction Accident
Trois 3: The Escort (2004)-Bernard 'Benny' Grier Soul Food -Miles (3 episodes, 2000) Hip Hop Literacy
Dead Birds (2004)-Todd Ally McBeal-Michael Rivers (2 episodes, 1998)
Wild Things 2 (2004) (V)-Terence Bridge Always Outnumbered (?, 1998)-Wilfred
This Girl's Life (2003)-Shane High Incident-Rulon 'RuDog' Douglas (1 episode, 1997)
Hollywood Homicide (2003)-Antoine Sartain Living Single-Dr. Charles Roberts (3 episodes, 1996)
Ghost Ship (2002)-Greer New York Undercover-Andre Morgan (2 episodes, 1996)
Welcome to Collinwood (2002)-Leon NYPD Blue-Antonio Boston (1 episode, 1995)
Sacred Is the Flesh (2001)-Roland Lifestories: Families in Crisis-O.G. (1 episode, 1994)
Exit Wounds (2001)-George Homicide: Life on the Street-Lane Staley (1 episode, 1994)
Kin (2000)-Stone Law & Order-Derek Hardy (1 episode, 1991
Romeo Must Die (2000)-Mac Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way-Dwight Gooden (1997)
Dancing in September (2000)-George Washington Soul of the Game-Adult Willie Mays (1996)
Veil (2000)-Bentley Andre's Choice-Andre Morgan (1996)
A Texas Funeral (1999)-Walter Mr. & Mrs. Loving-Blue (1996)
True Crime (1999)-Frank Louis Beechum Strapped-Willie (1993)
Out of Sight (1998)-Kenneth All My Children-Police Officer ( 5 July 2001)

Rituals (1998)-Wendal Bionic Woman-Antonio Pope (2007)

Bulworth (1998)-Darnell, Nina's Brother

Mixing Nia (1998)-Lewis

Love Jones (1997)-Savon Garrison

Get on the Bus (1996)-Kyle

Girl 6 (1996)-Shoplifter

Dead Presidents (1995) (uncredited)- Andrew Curtis

Clockers (1995)-Victor Dunham

Stonewall (1995)-Uniformed Cop

Alma's Rainbow (1994) (as Isaiah Washington IV)-Miles

Crooklyn (1994)-Vic

Strictly Business (1991)-Hustler

Land Where My Fathers Died (1991)- Malcolm

The Color of Love (1991)

The Least of These (2008)-Father Andre James



Fun Facts about Isaiah Washington:

  • Was a charter member of the CityKids Repertory, a nonprofit theater organization that performs for schools and community centers in New York.
  • Worked with director Spike Lee on a string of movies: Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995), Get on the Bus (1996) and Girl 6 (1996).
  • Received NAACP Image Award nominations in 2002 and 2006.
  • Loves model-airplanes.
  • Named one of TV's Sexiest Men by TV GUIDE in 2006.
Awards and Nominations of Isaiah Washington:

Image Awards

  • 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special" - Dancing in September
  • 2006: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" - Grey's Anatomy
  • 2007: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" - Grey's Anatomy
Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Grey's Anatomy
  • 2007: Won, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Grey's Anatomy
  • 2008: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Grey's Anatomy

Best quote:
"You don't have the time to "make the time" to do anything. You have to do it now!"


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cindyloumiller isaiah washington 1 Dec 17 2007, 9:56 AM EST by Wootie13
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They need to bring him back. He plays a great character and I don't think it that big of a deal.
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J-Me What do you think of the Larry King Interview? 1 Jul 30 2007, 11:04 AM EDT by ga4life1523
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Isaiah should probably stop talking. His excuses for his words are poor. If he felt that he said nothing wrong, he would not feel the need to continuously defend himself. Even if the statement was not directed at T.R., his own definition of the word as meaning "weak", is almost worse. This definition makes me believe that this is not an isolated incident, and that he is indeed homophobic, as he is definining individuals referred to with the "F word" as weak. I think he needs to drop it, or he is going to have a hard time finding work in the future.
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Anonymous Can't Do It 2 Feb 12 2007, 3:58 AM EST by Anonymous
 
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I don't think they should get rid of him. He plays a great character and is a good actor. He did do some wrong things, but we all make mistakes.
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